I had heard about Burton Agnes and passed it many times but this was my first visit. It is one of the most incredible old halls I have come across. Although it was built in 1598, and has all the character of an Elizabethan manor, it was very far ahead of its time, being spacious, light, with good sized rooms, and a very wide staircase, almost giving the impression of a house built in later , say, Georgian times. The gardens are a delight, with rows of clipped yew trees and a lovely lake and fountain, and there is so much to see in the house in the way of pictures and artifacts, which I regret we hadn't time to investigate further. The long Gallery at the top of the house is spectacular, and I understand that that part of the building provided a last defence in case of attack, though the family(or families) who occupied the place over the centuries since they acquired the estate must have been clever in retaining it safely, as it has never been sold, but rather transferred within branches of the family since eleven hundred and goodness knows when. There are also the remains of the original manor which was built for serious defence, but seemed in remarkably good order. I don't think Cromwell got around to knocking it about a bit. It is still a family home, and I have to admit to a degree of envy.
We didn't visit the restaurant but it seemed very popular.
Do visit them!
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